My work is primarily influenced by my fascination with the ability to create colors from ceramic glazes mimicking natural stones, the malleability of metals and my appreciation for the variety that mother nature offers.
I love creating pieces that not only speak to my love for the natural world, but also fuel my passion for the materials and techniques that have been used for many centuries and have rich and unique histories of their own. I am honored to be able to put part of own life into them and make unique and beautiful pieces.
My jewelry seeks to inspire people to wear handmade art and to enjoy the beauty in the small things. I use traditional metal smithing techniques, such as forming, piercing, stamping, etching and reticulation as well as contemporary and experimental techniques like torch fired enamels. Fire always raises a level of excitement within me, as I know something new and exciting will result, and I am always eager to try new techniques.
I work mainly in sterling silver using my handmade ceramic stones as a focal point. Sterling silver is malleable and adding texture, marks and form to it is integral to the design of each piece. My pottery stones are all hand formed, going through many steps and firings to achieve the depth of colors. Accenting with semi-precious stones and sometimes gold, each piece is unique and mostly one of a kind. I create a line of jewelry, meant to be worn often, dressed up or down. Mostly self taught I love to experiment with materials to create new and one of a kind pieces. My hope is that my work will be worn and passed and I can leave a mark of creativity behind.
Her work has won awards including Best of Show in 2015 at Winston-Salem Artsfest, 2nd Place at 2018 Art in the Arboreteum, Honorable Mention 2016 Art in the Park in Blowing Rock, honorable Mention, 2015 Art on Main, Hendersonville.
Jennie Lorette Keatts was raised in New Hampshire, and graduated with a BA from the University of Colorado. She lived in Colorado until July 1999 working and traveling in the international tourism and hotel industry.
My work is made in my studio in Seagrove NC. Sometimes I begin with a drawing, but more often than not I veer off path and go with what comes to mind in the moment. Each piece is a labor of love and begins as sterling silver sheet or wire. Each piece is unique and one of a kind.
Jennie has collectors from all over the world, and occasionally works on collaborative pieces with her sister Pamela Owens, Jugtown Pottery. One of their silver and clay collaborations is in the Mint Museum collection. In 2021Jennie was awarded an Artist Support Grant by the NC Arts Council which allowed her to purchase two new pieces of equipment that will expand the creative and productive aspects of her work. She is very grateful for this and continues to expand her ideas.